12th Roundtable on sustainable palm oil started

Posted on: November 18, 2014

November 17, the 12th Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT12), organised by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), has started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting will bring together close to 800 delegates from over 30 countries, comprising stakeholders from all sectors in the palm oil industry.

The theme for this annual meeting is “Sustainability: What’s Next?“. RSPO Secretary General, Darrel Webber, explains on the RT12-website: “This year, we look past what sustainability meant to us and consider its redefined purpose and meaning. We will look at trends and listen to the experts to know what is the evolutionary path of sustainability and how we prepare for it. All this while we continue to provide the platform for us to both ask the difficult questions as well as attempting to answer them”.

This year’s meeting will consist of four types of formats – small intense group sessions, plenary sessions, panel discussions as well as a more interactive session called World Café.

Keynote speaker is the award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, Dr. David Suzuki who will be joined by many other speakers from all over the World. Darrel Webber: “They collectively bring up-to-date knowledge and experience coupled with lots of thought-provoking opinions and ideas to be shared”.

Currently RSPO has 1,600 members from more than 72 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany, UK and the Netherlands. RSPO certified sustainable palm oil accounts for 18 per cent of global palm oil production. RT12 will be held till 20 November 2014.